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News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.
16 Original Illustrations That Protest Putin's Homophobia
October 21 2013 7:00 AM ET

16 Awesome Illustrations That Protest Putin's Russia

Christopher Harrity

Does art speak louder than words? Anna Goodson and her bunch of talented illustrators created a gallery of protest images that range from funny to sweetly moving.

Op-ed: Russia's Other New Oppressive Law
October 18 2013 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Russia's Other New Oppressive Law

Vera Kichanova

In Russia, it's essentially against the law to hurt religious people's feelings.

Thomas Roberts Will Go to Russia to 'Prove There's Hope'
October 17 2013 6:37 PM ET October 24 2013 12:37 AM ET

WATCH: Thomas Roberts's 'Tremendous Hypocrisy' in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor will serve as a cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to take place in Moscow this November.

5 Things That Pissed Us Off This Week: 'Rapebait,' Unpaid Harassment, Vandalism and American-Imported Homophobia in Russia
October 14 2013 1:30 PM ET

5 Things That Pissed Us Off This Week

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LGBT Activists, Antigay Protesters Clash in St. Petersburg, Russia
October 12 2013 1:03 PM ET

LGBT Activists, Antigay Protesters Clash in Russia

Trudy Ring

The melee resulted in 67 people from both sides being detained by police.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on Russia's American-Made Antigay Climate
October 11 2013 11:52 AM ET

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on NOM's Meddling in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor contends that 'a virulently antigay Russia' was 'made in America.'

WATCH: Moscow Crowd Supports Arrested LGBT Activists — Until They Find Out What They're Protesting
October 10 2013 12:09 PM ET

Moscow Crowd Briefly Supports LGBT Activists

Sunnivie Brydum

When a group of LGBT activists took to the street in Moscow to protest the nation's anti-LGBT laws, bystanders initially supported them — until the protestors spoke out about what they were fighting for.

WATCH: Olympic Torch Extinguished in Moscow
October 07 2013 8:40 PM ET

WATCH: Olympic Torch Extinguished in Moscow

Sunnivie Brydum

We'll make no comment about that particularly fabulous snowsuit he's wearing.

PHOTOS: Olympic Torch's Debut Already Met With Protest
October 05 2013 10:21 PM ET

PHOTOS: Olympic Torch's Debut Already Met With Protest

Lucas Grindley

Let the protests begin — activists are already using the spotlight of the Olympic torch relay to draw attention to Russia's antigay laws.

National Organization for Marriage Caught Helping Russia Pass Antigay Laws
October 04 2013 3:20 PM ET

NOM Caught Helping Russia Pass Antigay Laws

Lucas Grindley

The head of the National Organization for Marriage was in Russia arguing that gay parents are unfit to raise children.

Imam Urges Russians to Boycott 'Pederast' Elton John
October 03 2013 6:36 PM ET

Imam Urges Russians to Boycott 'Pederast' Elton John

Michael Regula

A Russian imam urged a boycott of Elton John's December show, and tossed out a few hateful slurs just for good measure.

Russian Court: Protester Can't Be Prosecuted Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law
October 03 2013 6:34 PM ET

Lesbian Can't Be Fined Under Local Russian 'Propaganda' Law

Sunnivie Brydum

LGBT advocates say the ruling in a local court could have implications for the nationwide law banning 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.'

David Cameron Includes LGBT Equality in Tory Conference Speech
October 02 2013 6:30 PM ET

David Cameron Includes LGBT Equality in Tory Conference Speech

Nicholas Cimarusti

During his Conservative Party Conference speech, British Prime Minister David Cameron praises LGBT acceptance as one of Britain's best achievements.

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